I’ll admit, living overseas does have its perks. Sure, its hard to be away from home. I hate missing out on the birth of my godson, the wedding of one of my best friends, holidays with the family and anniversaries with the boy. There are times that I miss having a car. Or grocery stores where I can read all the labels. I tend to crave a good charcoal-grilled burger from time to time. And lord what I wouldn’t give to walk down the street without smelling durian and dried fish.
But. But, there are things that I do love about living overseas. For one, as anyone could guess, I love the traveling. I can travel to new countries for nearly half the price it used to cost me to fly home from seminary. The food, though sometimes odd and/or unrecognizable, can be amazing. I love trying new things. Not only does it make for a good story, but I often end up surprising myself. Who knew that my favorite Filipino dish would involve pig’s blood? (don’t judge – it really is good!! they call it “chocolate pork”) I am fascinated by the interactions of different cultures. I’m really blessed to see that a lot in our shelter – as the Filipinas and Indonesians work out life and struggles together. They learn from each other. I love watching the Indonesians dance. And the Filipinas sing. I love watching the age-old Chinese dragon dance. Their cultures are just rich with tradition. Tribal dances. Traditional dresses made with deep earthy colors. Instruments made with what is abundant in their lands – bamboo. I love the histories of another people. The stories of the years of oppression that make individuals and communities stronger are inspiring. I love telling people that I live in Hong Kong – because it just sounds cool. All my life I have wanted to live overseas, and here I am, living the dream. Its not easy. Its not always fun. But its real. I get to meet amazing people, visit incredible sites of natural beauty, and with every new stamp in my passport, I know that I am gathering more stories to tell, over and over again.
But want to know one of my favorite things about living overseas?
The fact that I get to vote before any of you! ha! (bet you didn’t see that one coming) That’s right – I got my absentee ballot in the mail today!! OH yeah!! 🙂